Three Jennings County residents face arson and other charges

Three North Vernon teens have been arrested in connection with a rash of arson fires recently reported in Jennings County, police report.

The three, Taylor S. Corya and Tristan McDonald, both 18, and a 17-year-old male juvenile, whose name was not released, face Level 4 charges of arson and Level 5 charges of burglary. Corya and McDonald also both face a Level 6 felony charge of theft.

The three were arrested Friday after being identified for their involvement in the outbreak of fires that had been set. Those identifications came during an investigation conducted by the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, the Montgomery Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office.

On Saturday, investigators served a search warrant at a residence in Montgomery Township. That warrant was signed by Jennings Circuit Judge Jon Webster after county Detective Aaron Green presented an affidavit containing information about the arson fires and property taken before the fires were set.

When officers arrived at the residence to serve the warrant, Corya and Tristan McDonald were arrested. The juvenile was arrested at a different location in Montgomery Twp.

Both Corya and McDonald were transported to the Jennings County Jail and were being held on $40,000 bonds, while the 17-year-old male was transported to the Bartholomew County Youth Services Center.

Besides Green, others involved in the investigation include Indiana State Fire Marshal Investigator John Hartman, Montgomery Township Fire Chief Brandon Smith and Jennings County Sheriff Kenny Freeman. Jennings County sergeants Mike Mowery and Allen Ritchie, officers Deputy Drew Heilers, Deputy Garrett Hoppock and Reserve Officer Chris Gholson assisted with the serving the search warrant and arrests.